Half-term Home Learning
Because this week is half-term, we’re taking a break from the usual daily home learning tasks (just like we did at Easter). Instead, we’ve prepared a menu of home learning activities that you might want to dip into this week – these are optional only, but you might want to encourage your child to have a go at being a quiz master, doing some up-cycling, presenting a cookery masterclass or any of the other activities.
Whatever you decide to do, we hope you have a happy and healthy half-term.
21 May 2020
It’s the end of another week – where does that time go? Did you see my message yesterday? Look at the post below if you missed it.
Thanks everyone who’s sent me your book reviews – I’ll be putting a class news page up with some of them on very soon.
Today, it’s Book Club again. Get cosy, pull on your favourite socks and get reading something that you love. Audiobooks and e-books are also great ways to experience texts. Stories in particular are wonderful to hear when read by a professional – they’re my favourite way to ‘read’.
Did you know there are free audiobooks on Audible? (I don’t work for them or have shares in them, and I’m sure other sources are available…)
There are also free ebooks to download on Amazon (Honestly, I don’t work for them, they’re just easy to find.)
It’s time for… the FRIDAY CHALLENGE! Watch the video on White Rose’s Summer Term, Week 3 challenge . It’s a bit different and can involve some baking, if you’d like to.
If that’s not enough maths for you, feel free to go on Defenders of Mathletica again.
Argh! I’ve just found an awesome drawing website for you… but we’ve missed a world record attempt, which was on 21.05.20 at 4pm and if I’d known then we totally could’ve been part of it! I’m frustrated, sorry.
The website is great though, with lots of different videos of fun things to draw.
Your task: Draw at least two of these and send me your creations!
Music (just ideas, if you want)
Here’s a long list of music resources for use during lockdown, compiled by artforms, in Leeds.
If you’re finding things tough at the moment…
If you’re finding things tough at the moment, or even if you’re not, then watch my little video with a message.
It’s a bonkers time at the moment and we might experience lots of different emotions – that’s normal and perfectly fine! My video give you some times of things that might help you to stay calm and happy.
21 May 2020
How did you get on with yesterday’s tasks? Did any of you have a go at my oracy ideas for families? Let me know how you found them.
Lots of us are reading new books during lockdown. I want to hear all about them and for us to share some of the fantastic books that you’ve discovered.
Your task: Write a reading recommendation for someone else.
Things you should include:
- What’s the name of the book or text? (It could be a magazine, e-book or any other text.)
- Who wrote it and when? (You can find this on this first few pages of a book!)
- What type of text or story is it? (comedy? action? adventure? romance? recipe?)
- How would you summarise it in no more than four sentences?
- What did you like about it? Why?
- What didn’t you like about it? Why?
- Who would enjoy reading it? Why? (Pick someone in your class if you can!)
- How many stars out of five would you give it?
Today, I’ve also got an entire copy of the latest edition of First News, which we get in school. There are a lot of pages, some of them quite complicated, so you don’t need to read them all – find some that you’re really interested in. There are quizzes and puzzles towards the end too. I hope you enjoy it!
Have a go at this BBC Bitesize lesson about adding three digit numbers.
I hope you enjoyed shadow puppets yesterday! Today, I’m hoping it’s going to be sunny still… I’ve got another shadows lesson for your to try, this time needing you to go outside.
20 May 2020
Apologies – I’d put this on the wrong page on our website.
If you missed it, check out the short post below this about practising handwriting.
We read about Jacques Cousteau yesterday and how he explored places underwater. Where would you like to explore? Underwater? Mountains? Jungles? Deserts? Space?
Your task is to complete another Beat That! test – lots of children enjoyed these last time. Don’t forget to time yourself and see if you improved from last time! We’re aiming for all of these facts to be remembered within 5 seconds, rather than be calculated or counted. For example, if you don’t pretty instantly know that 7+6 = 13, try to learn it for next time. If we know these sort of facts, it helps so much with other areas that we study.
You should also have another go at Defenders of Mathematica.
Other stuff (optional but fun!):
Music: I like drumming. Do you play an instrument or enjoy singing? Send me a little video if you’d be happy for me to share it.
Getting out and about: Have you been exploring somewhere with your family? Have you been in the woods? Up a local hill? Around a local lake or even in the loft? Send me photos of some of the things you discovered when you were out and about.
Oracy (speaking and listening): Have a go at playing some of these oracy ideas for families all to do with developing speaking and listening. I originally made these to give to teachers this term, but I’ve tried to adapt them for family use at home. I’d be really interested in finding out how you got on, which ones were good and why certain ones were tricky. You can be my guinea pigs!
19 May 2020
Some people have been asking for some help with handwriting. I’ve made a short video that explains how to use imaginary half-way lines to help make sure lots of our letters are the right size.
When practising handwriting, as well as using the idea in the video, I’d advise the following:
- write simple words with ascenders and descenders (tall and low letters) eg really, people, hobby
- practise writing each word five times, as neatly as possible, concentrating on tall ascenders, low ascenders, other letters to the half-way line and all lower case letters (non-capitals) starting on the line.
- write a simple sentence sometimes (maybe once or twice per session), making sure it’s not complicated, reading it or having it read to you so that you don’t need to remember it or think of anything other than the skill of handwriting.
- Practising little and often (3 or 4 times a day for 5 minutes) is better than 20 minutes all in one go.
While we’ve reduced the writing tasks we’re setting, any time a child picks up a pencil or pen to write, they should be making sure that they remember…
- capital letters and full stops (if it’s a full sentence, not if it’s not).
- spaces between words
- no random capitals in the middle of sentences
- letters shouldn’t vary size (ie a letter e should stay the same size between words and sentences)
I hope that’s helpful!
19 May 2020
I haven’t had many emails recently. Anyone want to send me a picture of their learning or something that they’ve got up to at the weekend?
I’m here for any questions, queries, comments or concerns… [email protected]
Today’s home learning tasks…
Today, I’d like you to read about Jacque Cousteau, a French oceanography (someone who studies the ocean). For your task, I’d like you to list at least 15 facts that you can spot in what you’re reading. I’ve recorded a short video to read the text to you and to show you what I mean.
Answers to the yesterday’s White Rose learning is on yesterday’s page.
Today, I’d like you to play Defenders of Mathematica on BBC Bitesize. It’s really fun! You can create your own character, unlock ‘shield levels’ and receive rewards for beating monsters at maths! You will need a paper and pencil, but there are no time restraints so it’s not pressured in any way.
Be aware that they different levels get harder, and Y3 maths is the first shield on each location (you’ll know what I mean when you give it a play). You can always keep playing for some of the later shields, but you will be asked to do maths that you haven’t been taught yet, such as ordering very large numbers or using decimals.
Learn about computer science on this BBC Bitesize page, and some of the jobs that use it. Would you like to use computing in your job in the future? I love computer games and I think learning to code to make them is really cool!
If you like gaming or coding, have you downloaded Kodu? It’s a child-friendly coding programme from Microsoft that lets you build your own game. We use it in school and if you know a bit already, you might find it fun to create something at home.
Parents – we use these in school but I’d advise you read the blurbs about them before helping your child down and use them. Scratch may be hard if children haven’t already learnt how to use it, but Scratch Junior is pretty intuitive.
17 May 2020
Hello everyone! I hope you’ve had a good weekend.
Do this lesson from BBC Bitesize about comparing three digit numbers.
Some of you liked the puzzles that we did on Friday. If you like solving puzzles, here are four more that you can have a go at.
Children and staff at Moortown have a range of different beliefs. Today, I’d like us to learn about Hinduism, using a BBC Bitesize lesson. Read the texts, watch the videos and complete the tasks.
15 May 2020
Yesterday’s answers are here.
Today, it’s Book Club:
In class, we’d usually have a Love of Reading session each week where we read something that we love. Adults use the time to read with children.
Today, I’d like you to…
- Get really comfy: wear some thick socks, a dressing gown or wooly jumper. Sit somewhere soft and relaxing.
- Turn all electronic devices off: TVs, radios, computers, phones, tablets etc.
- Spend some quality time reading with each other. Read aloud, take it in turns, put on voices for characters, reread things to improve how you’re reading them.
Talk about what you’re reading. Which are the best bits? Why? Does it remind you of other things you’ve read or watched? Do you know anything about parts of it from other knowledge that you have? What do you think of the characters? What will happen next? Why do you think that?
The answers for yesterday were on the BBC Bitesize page from yesterday.
Have a go at Summer Term, Week 2 challenge on White Rose.
Today, I’d like you to learn about pulse and rhythm on BBC Bitesize.
14 May 2020
Bonjour! Ca va?
Answers to yesterday’s fractions of amounts and fractions problems
Today, we’re going to begin recapping some maths that you’ll have learnt previously. Do this lesson from BBC Bitesize on writing three digit numbers.
It’s a really strange time at the moment. Lots of people in our country and all over the world are having to work as teams to solve problems and make people happy and healthy, like the NHS for example.
Today, I’d like you to think about how to work well in a team by having a look at this BBC Bitesize lesson on Wellbeing. I would LOVE it if some of you would send me your final activity so I can learn more about you.
Don’t forget to be practising your ch spellings this week, along with others from previous weeks. You should be using our Spelling Guide to help (stuck into your books or here).
If I can help with anything, please let me know!